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  • Posted on: 22 March, 2016 Deadline: 31 March, 2016
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    Child Health Advisor

     

    ROLE PURPOSE:

    The Child Survival Programme in Save the Children in Nigeria is growing in portfolio. Child Health is a new area identified as key component of our signature programme in Nigeria. The Child health advisor in Lagos will take the lead in ensuring the smooth implementation of the relevant child health components of the Stop Diarrhoea Project in Shomolu LGA of Lagos State. He/she will provide technical input in project roll out, and implementation; including ensuring that project outputs delivered are of high quality.

    He/She will provide technical leadership in the area of child health in Lagos State while coordinating with the MNCH Advisor on the GSK Health Worker training project and other partners involved in child health activities such as UNICEF, WHO, PATHS2 and CHAI

    KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:

    Child Health Policy and Programming

    • Support theGovernment of LagosState to revise/update her Child health policyandtreatment guidelines in line with National recommendations
    • Make technical input into the planning and design and of project specific operational researches, including baseline and end line evaluations.
    • Work closely with State/LGA authorities to ensure the availability and use of updatedtreatment guidelinesfor the management of diarrhoea is available and used in all supported PHC
    • Provide overall child health technical guidance on day to day project issues and challenges.
    • Work together with other staff/ to ensure that key trainings (IMCI, iCCM, RI etc) provided toPHC staff is of high quality and tailored to identified needs
    • Be able to systemically review new evidence on child health interventions and apply such to overall program implementation and quality improvement.

    Technical and Advisory Support:

    • provide technical support and timely feedback to State and LGA teams on effective implementation and quality of care of child health programmes
    • Support M&E of child health programme; develop monitoring checklists; conduct supportive supervision visits, in collaboration with relevant stakeholders.
    • Build capacity of field  & partner staff on child health and quality of care
    • She/he will also work closely with the MNCH adviser on GSK Project in Lagos state to ensure that quality training is delivered along the continuum of care and ensure synergy for trainings to  ensure full integration of our child health project with the MNH projects
    • Support the development, review/adaptation of training materials, job aids, counselling and behaviour change materials for child  health in Lagos state in collaboration with the MNCH Advisor
    • Track and prepare monthly and quarterly reports on progress and indicators, child health technical support activities; including documentation of key lessons learnt and successes
    • To lead or contribute to the development of publications for peer-reviewed journals.

    Planning, Documentation and Budgeting:

    • Develop activity plans and budgets for technical support activities
    • Participate in preparation of overall work plan and budget for Child Health programme in Lagos State
    • Collaborate with SMOH Child Health Desk, UNICEF and other relevant partners at the state levels to ensure integration and high level implementation of child health activities.
    • Participate in developing different levels of progress report and supporting PQA on child health interventions

    Representation and relationships

    • Engage and maintain good relationships with key stakeholders on child health (relevant SMoH dept, UNICEF, WHO)
    • Actively participate in State/LGA level technical working groups on Child Health and relevant policy forums.
    • Actively contribute to national policies/strategies on child health
    • Support advocacy colleagues with technical messaging on child health, external reports and publications
    • Work closely with other thematic teams in Nigeria Country office and the Lagos State offices.

    Programme Management:

    • Ensure the maintenance of healthy partnerships with relevant government counterparts and other partners at Federal and State levels. Management of child health related interventions.
    • Other - Other ad hoc tasks as requested by Line Manager.

    SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)

    Accountability:

    • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
    • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved

    Ambition:

    • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team), takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same
    • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
    • Future orientated, thinks strategically

    Collaboration:

    • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters

    Creativity:

    • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
    • Willing to take disciplined risks

    Integrity:

    • Honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity
    • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength

    SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

    • A Medical Doctor (Paediatrician) with postgraduate qualification in Public Health or Health Management and a minimum of 6 years demonstrable experience in child health interventions or related programme is essential.
    • Essential: basic clinical and public health qualifications
    • Essential: at least 4 yrs health programmeexperience with I/NGO in Nigeria
    • Essential: very good understanding of national health policies and strategies, programmes and stakeholders on Child Health in Nigeria
    • Essential: Demonstrable management experience and very good understanding of child survival issues and common childhood illnesses in Nigeria
    • Essential: very good understanding of childhood immunizations and immunizations programming/ coverage issues in Nigeria
    • Desirable: clinical experience in Paediatrics or Community Paediatrics in Nigeria
    • Desirable: master trainer/ ToT on IMCI and iCCM
    • Desirable: analytical & research skills, experience in conducting health systems research, ability to analyze data using SPSS/ EPInfo/ STATA etc

    Additional Qualifications

    • Work experience in health/public health and or in a health/public health organisation, including as a trainer/technical assistance provider in the area of RH/MCH with government of Nigeria or an International NGO.
    • Experience with providing institutional support and technical assistance to decentralised health system and or NGOs on issues related to RH/MNCH service provision.
    • Experience in RH/maternal newborn and child health programming including facility and community based health service improvement is essential.

    Additional skills

    • Ability to work effectively both independently (with minimal supervision) and as a member of a team
    • Commitment to gender equity, child rights, community empowerment, and grassroots development approaches
    • Effective planning and organising skills
    • Effective interpersonal skills – oral and written communication skills
    • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to

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    Driver

     

    The driver is responsible for the safe driving of Save the Children International vehicle, staff and assets. The Driver will ensure cleaning, proper maintenance of vehicles in compliance with the driver’s handbook and safe driving standards, ensuring the vehicle is fuelled in time for trips and the proper management of the fuel supply for that vehicle. The driver should do so in accordance with SC policies and procedures.

    Key Accountabilities

    Documentation

    • Maintain the vehicle log and fuel consumption documentation
    • Keep the Vehicle Documents Folder up-to-date:
    • Support the Head Driver with the Vehicle Usage report, including trip use, mileage and fuel consumption.
    • Maintain a valid driver license, registration and valid permits all the time

    Control of Vehicles

    • Ensure that all vehicle journeys are authorized in advance by Line Managers.
    • Ensure that all vehicle journeys are to be recorded in the log book at the start and completion of the journey
    • Ensure that the keys and vehicle documents are kept in a secure place when the vehicle is not in use.
    • Ensure that s/he wears the vehicle safety belt and all passengers also wear seat belts before driving the vehicle.

    On the road

    • Ensure that the line manager is immediately informed of any accidents, the Accident report is filled immediately and the accident reported to the police as soon as possible.
    • Ensures safety of passengers at all times
    • Safe transport of all staff, equipment, and materials
    • Save the Children has a no passenger policy – this relates to all non agency personnel and is for reasons of safety, the continuance and equity of the programme.
    • Save the Children may give lifts to agency and Governmental staff on occasion for the benefit of the programme – see passenger policy for details.
    • SC reserves the right to refuse entry to a vehicle any staff member without identification documents or who cannot be identified by SC staff.
    • In the event of a medical emergency lifts may be given on prior approval of the programme manager – see passenger policy for details.

    Vehicle Checks

    • Check the vehicle prior to its use in the morning and after use
    • Check the vehicle before departing from work.
    • Check, on taking over a vehicle, that the items listed on the Vehicle Check List and the items listed in the Vehicle Tools and Materials Inventory are present and in full functioning order.

    Vehicle Defects

    • A driver is to check for vehicle defects and damage to the vehicle and ensure that he reports them to his line manager. After consulting a mechanic, the line manager will make the decision as to whether the vehicle should be taken off the road for repair.
    • Report and supervise all maintenance and repair needs of assign vehicle.

    Cleanliness & Visibility

    • The driver is responsible for ensuring that his vehicle is kept clean on the outside and inside at all times. The driver is also to keep the vehicle tidy and ensure that all rubbish is removed from the vehicle after a journey.
    • Driver is to ensure SC visibility protocols are adhered to at all times.

    Other

    • Follow and abide by the traffic rules, SC regulations, driver safety manual and any other instructions given by the Line Manager
    • Maintain all vehicle’s safety equipment, as per vehicle safety kit, in liaison with the logistics officer – including first aid kit, communication equipment, tow rope and fire extinguisher
    • Work after duty hours or holidays as and when required and with prior notice from line manager
    • Perform any other relevant and appropriate requested by the Line Manager

    SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

    Administrative & General Skills

    • A full and clean driving license
    • Should have 3-5 years experience of professional driving.
    • Prior experience as a driver in an international NGO, UN agency or private company
    • Ability to multi-task and work calmly under pressure is essential for this position. 
    • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to lead and work effectively in insecure environments is critical. 
    • Some practical experience of user vehicle maintenance.
    • Personal Qualities:
      • A proactive and flexible approach to work
      • An ability to work with minimum supervision
      • A systematic approach to work
      • A people orientated person who enjoys working in a team
      • A keen interest in self development
      • A reliable, polite and professional attitude to ensure SC is perceived as such.
    • Working knowledge of the Save the Children Emergency Manual, Sphere, and Convention on the Rights of the Child. 
    • Strong oral and written English language communication skills required.
    • The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and frustrating working circumstances is required.

    Desirable:

    • Any additional skills and/or experience that could be used by Save the Children would be taken into account in the selection process
    • A heavy goods driving license 
    • Borno resident

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    Social Accountability Coordinator

     

    ROLE PURPOSE:

    The Social Accountability Coordinator in Lagos will take responsibility for facilitating the initiation, and complementary engagement of SDI related community structures on the 7 point plan of the Stop Diarrhoea Project in Shomolu LGA of Lagos State. He/she will provide technical support and guidance on the various elements of social accountability framework that will improve the prospect of community ownership and sustainability of community actions and initiatives on diarrhoea prevention in the project communities.

    He/She will provide technical leadership that will enhance the effective coordination and tracking of all key stakeholders including government institutions, community actors and peers partners (UNICEF, WHO, PATHS2 and CHAI)  on anticipated social accountability responsibilities related to SDI intervention mix.

    Child Health Policy and Programming

    • Provide sustained technical guidance in the establishment of required functional community structures with clear and complementary roles and responsibilities.
    • Facilitate the coordination and streamlining of all elements of SDI related social accountability and complaint response mechanism (CRM) to ensure standard and responsiveness of community structure around the 7 point plan.
    • Provide technical support that will enhance and sustain the quality standard of all community level service providers and ensure timely response to issues raised on the quality and propriety of services provided.
    • Liaise between State/LGA authorities, other partner’s stakeholders and community leaders on major accountability and CRM issues that are beyond community level capacity/resources for timely attention and closure.
    • Work with other staff to ensure all capacity gap and service quality issues are dealt with timely in coordination with community leaders.
    • Build the capacity of community leaders responsible for the coordination of CORPs and PLACO on social accountability for improved service delivery.
    • Track and prepare monthly, quarterly and bi-annual reports on progress and indicators related to social accountability and other community interventions; including documentation of key lessons learnt and successes.
    • To contribute to the development of publications for peer-reviewed journals.
    • Develop activity plans and budgets for technical support activities
    • Collaborate with State and other relevant stakeholders on social accountability roles and responsibilities related to the 7 point plan.
    • Participate in developing different levels of progress report and supporting PQA on SDI project interventions.
    • Support other colleagues with technical messaging on social accountability, external reports and publications
    • Work closely with other thematic teams in Nigeria Country office and the Lagos State offices.
    • Other ad hoc tasks as requested by Line Manager.

    SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

    • Minimum of a Postgraduate qualification in sociology, health psychology, rural development or development studies with a minimum of 7 years demonstrable experience in community development or related programme is essential.
    • Essential: at least 3-4 yrs health programmeexperience with I/NGO in Nigeria
    • Essential: very good understanding of national health policies and strategies, programmes and stakeholders in Nigeria
    • Essential: Good M&E experience and very good understanding of child survival issues and common childhood illnesses in Nigeria
    • Essential: very good understanding of childhood immunizations and immunizations programming/ coverage issues in Nigeria
    • Desirable: experience working with government institutions especially at the state level.
    • Desirable: analytical & research skills, experience in conducting health systems research, ability to analyze data using SPSS/ EPInfo/ STATA etc

    Additional skills

    • Ability to work effectively both independently (with minimal supervision) and as a member of a team
    • Commitment to gender equity, child rights, community empowerment, and grassroots development approaches
    • Effective planning and organising skills
    • Effective interpersonal skills – oral and written communication skills

    Method of Application

    To apply for the position, visit Save The Children Career Page on Simplicant

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